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Possum Family Taking Over Granny's!
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SteenaJo    Posted 05-14-2003 at 10:40:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hello! I did a search on Ask Jeeves, and came up with one of your messages on getting rid of these nasty things, but, I can't find it here on the site, so I have to ask again.....So bare with me.......I fixed the holes in the floor where they got in, put the siding back on the house, where the phone company left it off, and now, there are baby possums trapped in the house. Granny has things stacked from ceiling to floor all over the house. There are too many places for the things to hide. My question is this, How do I get rid of these things without having to wait up all night to see them and then kill them? What kind of trap do I need, and where can I get one? I don't WANT to dig through all her stuff to find where they died, or where they nest. Is that too much to ask? Am I really going to have to face these things down? Please help!!!!!

williamf    Posted 05-15-2003 at 04:50:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]

The Havahart trap worked for mine. There were several sizes at Lowes, the one I got was "Large Squirrel." It was the biggest they had with doors at both ends. The "Raccoon" size would have been good with bait. They are powerfully attracted to canned cat food :-)

Okie-Dokie    Posted 05-14-2003 at 17:54:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
IMHO: Possums are indeed nasty, filthy, germ and desease carriers. They can find a way into the chicken coop easier than most any other critter. They are esceptionally dumb tho. Easy to catch with a #1/12 Victor coil spring foot hold trap. You do have to wire the trap to something that won't move, as they are pretty strong and can drag the trap off with them. We always set two traps so we can catch them by two legs, thus preventing pull outs. A .22 short will do them in pretty quick if bullet placement is correct.

RayP(MI)    Posted 05-15-2003 at 19:35:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
"If the placement is right" Yeah, when the brain cavity is the size of an acorn you need good placement! A possum or family of them can be bad news. Remove 'em any way you can! Just don't live trap them and release them for someone else to deal with. (Unless you have an enemy you want to torment!)

SteenaJo    Posted 05-15-2003 at 07:39:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Yes!! I love it. Last night was pretty funny. My Mother-in-law woke up at 12:30am to a possum's nose on her hand. She promptly grabbed her shoe and beat the living tar out of it! All I heard from the livingroom was a shriek, bang bang, crash, thump, thump, thump, thump, thump, and then her triumphant leap from the bedroom door announcing "I won!!". She was carring the possum by the tail, waving it around for display purposes. It ended up in the yard for disposal this morning to the trash. Unfortunately there are still six babies we haven't caught yet.

Kat in NJ    Posted 05-14-2003 at 13:28:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Possums may not be among God's more attractive creations but they aren't nasty! They will hiss to give an impression of meanness but are pretty placid.

Read the basic information on home page of the Possum Society site -- you will see that they mention wherever possums take up quarters, they are temporary. Usually they pick a spot to move in because there was a ready food supply. We've had them show up because the neighbor feeds stray cats and possums love cat food. They will also eat mice and other rodents, which to me, makes them worthwhile to have around.

You don't want them in a house, however, and a Havahart trap, baited with either cat food or overripe fruit, should do the trick. You may have to dump them bodily out of the trap, however, since they do "faint" and may look as if already dead.

Kat in NJ

Maggie/TX    Posted 05-14-2003 at 12:30:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
I suggest you go to your local feed store and look for "humane traps" or Havaheart traps (which I think is a brand name. If you have an idea of what size the critters are you then get one that is big enough for then to get all the way inside to the trip plate and the door has room to smack closed, but you don't want to get one with the holes in the wire so big that they can climb back out that way. You can get these traps in a number of sizes. The one I have is big enough for good sized raccoons and cost about $60 I think it was. It has more than paid for itself since then. Keep setting the trap until you get them all, then get rid of them any way you think best. Good luck. :)

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